Jan 4, 2013 4:00am PST
. there was a jump in construction jobs. almost 40,000, because of hurricane sandy rebuilding and the housing recovery. >>> and in washington, the new congress is gearing up to get down to work. they have a full plate in front of them, with their fair share of bitter battles already looming. abc's tahman bradley joins us, now, from washington, with the latest. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. right out of the gate, members of this new congress have a lot to deal with. they have to take on spending and deficit reduction. but the first order of business is aid for people still struggling to put their lives back together after hurricane sandy. the newly sworn in 113th congress gets down to business today. first up, a vote on a $9 billion aid package for victims of superstorm sandy. but that's only a fraction of the $60 billion in aid the senate had approved. the house adjourned earlier in the week, before the vote, which set off a firestorm. northeastern politicians erupted. >> republican leadership has turned their backs on new yorkers. >> we sent them there. we s
Jan 10, 2013 4:00am PST
and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the sandy hook shooting. >> this is not taking away people's guns. i own a gun. i own a remmington shotgun. i've hunted. i've shot. that's not what this is about. it is about ending the unnecessary risk of high-capacity assault rifles. that's what this is about. >> lawmakers in albany are already meeting behind closed doors to reach a deal on new gun laws that could be announced and voted on by the end of the week. >>> three days of a preliminary hearing have wrapped up in the case of suspected gunman from aurora, james holmes. witnesses in the courtroom said holmes showed some emotion for the first time in court yesterday. they say he smirked and even smiled as disturbing self-portraits were revealed by prosecutors. defense attorneys who claim that holmes is mentally ill, did not call any witnesses. a judge is expected to rule tomorrow, whether there is enough evidence to put holmes on trial. >>> and a controversial sheriff in arizona has launched a new plan to put 500 armed volunteers on patrol just outside of schools. joe arpaio is
Jan 7, 2013 4:00am PST
of superstorm sandy. the president signed into law a bill that increases fema's borrowing authority. l lawmakers on capitol hill are set to vote on another payment of $51 billion to flood victims. >>> overseas, president bashar assad gave his first speech in months. he rejected calls to step down and tried to just fie his crackdown on government rebels. he outlined what he called a peace plan, including a new constitution. a state department official says he's detached from reality. >>> rescue teams are spending another day looking for the head of the famded missoni design house. >>> hillary clinton returns to her office at the state department today for the first time in a month. clinton was released from the hospital last week after being treated for a blood clot. before that, she came down with a stomach flu and suffered a concussion. her time as secretary of state is expected to end within days. >>> a 17-year-old alabama high school student is due in court this morning, accused of plotting to blow up his school. police say the suspect, derek shrouf is a self-proe lamed white supremacist. he'
Jan 8, 2013 4:00am PST
. >>> for the first time since superstorm sandy plowed across the northeast, residents are returning to some of the hardest-hit areas of the jersey shore. the state of emergency has been lifted for communities like normandy beach, seaside heights and tom's river. but authorities are warning with so much debris still not cleared away, getting around could the dangerous. >> good to see them back. nine weeks later. that's a long time away from home. >>> time, now, for weather from across the country on this tuesday morning. warmer-than-normal from l.a. to new york. showers along the coast, from south carolina to florida. heavy rain, hail, and high winds in the south. i'm sorry, in south and east texas. snow, from el paso into new mexico. also, some rain and mountain snow in the pacific northwest. >> mostly 40s from seattle into the northern rockies. 30s in the upper midwest. 50s in dallas and atlanta. 70 in new orleans. >>> when we come back this morning, dream on. a fire sparks new safety questions about boeing's 787 dreamliner. >>> then, turning the tables. after getting a huge taxpayer bailo